Textile Engineer 1

Engineering Broomfield, Colorado


Description

Position at Hunter Douglas Inc.

The Role

This role will focus on quality in regard to the Hunter Douglas Enlinea fabric. You will have the opportunity to work with other textile engineers on improving this innovative fabric. You will look at yield improvements and production processes while working with yarns and nonwovens. This role calls for someone looking to grow their textile engineering skills and someone who likes to generate new ideas and utilize creativity. While the focus will be on quality there will also be an opportunity to work on new product development. We hope to learn from you as much as you learn from us.

About You

You enjoy problem solving and have an analytical mind. You approach problems creatively and enjoy collaborating others. Innovation and excellence motivate you in your daily work and you are looking to learn more and grow your textile engineering career. You take pride in your work and actively seek to solve challenges.

Acceptable Training and Experience 

Textile engineering degree (or related field) and a minimum of 1yr relevant technical experience

Qualifications and KSA’s

Solid knowledge of fabric, including wovens, knits, and nonwovens and the effect that production processes may have on the physical properties of the fabric.

Solid knowledge of the production and manufacture of textiles.

Solid knowledge of production equipment capabilities and production processes to produce window fashions.

Solid knowledge of the principles of chemistry to analyze and interpret statistical data obtained from laboratory tests to determine color fastness, glue strengths, flammability, toxicity and gas emissions.

Solid knowledge of the principles of project management to assign time lines to meet project objectives.

Solid knowledge of the principles of research and development methodology.

Solid knowledge of analysis report writing and research and development documentation.

Solid knowledge of working with the import and export industry. In addition, to cultural diplomacy in conducting business internationally.

Solid knowledge of computer use and software such as, Word, Excel and KAIZEN.

Skill in developing and maintaining effective work relationships with representative of other departments and suppliers.

Ability to analyze statistical information in evaluating cause and effect relationships of fabrics and production processes.

Ability to organize and retain all documents associated with fabric development.

Ability to establish time lines when working with suppliers, importers and exporters and being able to adapt and remain flexible when extensions and delays occur.

 

Job details

Responsible for the development of fabric properties and the engineering of fabrics and fabric processes to meet the specifications suitable for production purposes of new fabrics and improve efficiencies of sustaining fabrics. Conducts and/or directs the laboratory testing to identify those fabrics that meet the specifications for new product development and line extensions. Researches fabric properties suitable for production purposes by the coordination of laboratory analysis. Analyzes and interprets laboratory findings and evaluates fabrics. Works closely with suppliers to engineer new fabrics as well as trouble shoot problems encountered during the testing and development process.

  • Monitors the process performance and yields of fabric currently being used in the production of window fashions. Communicates on a regular basis with fabric suppliers to insure that fabrics being purchased meet all company established standards and specifications necessary for production purposes.
  • Assists representatives of other departments in sourcing fabric suppliers. Develops specifications for performance testing of fabrics to be conducted by R&D Technicians or independent laboratories. Evaluates and reviews laboratory results. Presents evaluations to representatives of other departments to assist in the determination as to whether the fabric may be used.
  • Supervises the work performed by R&D Technicians and provides direction and guidance during the testing process.
  • Develops written specifications and recommendations for fabric usage from suppliers based upon analysis of laboratory tests that have been conducted. Fabric specifications are based upon their physical properties as defined by ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists). Evaluates fabric results for flammability, toxicity, gas emissions color accuracy, bending, flexing, stretching, fatigue, thermal product performance, resistance, lightfastness, durability, yield ratio and suitability for production purposes.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the physical and chemical laboratory findings on all fabrics as to adaptability to the actual production processes such as slitting, laminating, finishing and printing. Conducts production trial tests to determine whether fabric meets product specifications. Documents each phase of the testing and product fabric development process for ISO purposes.
  • Assists representatives of the Marketing and Textile and Material design departments in establishing fabric product specifications based upon product design and makes final fabric selections for new collections.
  • Works with fabric suppliers to improve and/or identify new fabrics non-aesthetic functional performance. Communicates with suppliers to trouble shoot fabric problems as defined during the testing and development  Discusses capabilities and limitations of fabric production, production lead times, dye lot minimums and standards of quality in fabric production. Interacts with suppliers to insure standards of quality in their production of fabrics. Works with internal buyers in sourcing potential new suppliers to meet supply needs, to improve product performance, or to support new product development fabric needs.
  • Trouble shoots existing performance problems of fabrics with Production representatives and Equipment Operators. Works with representatives of Production, Engineering, Purchasing and fabric suppliers to investigate and identify the cause/effect of fabric related production problems.
  • Assists Marketing department in providing fabrics and prototypes to be utilized for presentations and in conducting focus groups for new product development.
  • Coordinates the chemical and hazard analysis of fabrics performed by independent laboratories. Analyzes and compiles all test results that have been conducted.
  • Prepares project summary report from reports for each fabric that is tested by the R&D Technicians.

 

About the Company: 
Beautiful design, industry-leading innovation, and a highly entrepreneurial global culture - all parts of your daily life at Hunter Douglas, the world’s leader in window fashions and maker of iconic architectural products.  

Our nine decade history has created a legacy of innovations and achievements. Most recently, we're pioneering exciting new digital technologies that transform stylish window treatments into intelligent smart shades for today's connected homes.

With the resources of a multi-billion dollar company and the energy and independence of a start-up, Hunter Douglas provides a unique entrepreneurial work environment in which passionate, creative, and cutting-edge thinkers can thrive.

About the Window Fashions Division:
Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Division is located in Broomfield, Colorado, midway between Boulder and Denver with outstanding views of the Rockies. The campus encompasses 756,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space.  Roughly 1000 employees work at this location to produce proprietary and upscale products such as Duette® Honeycomb Shades, 

 

Benefits of working for Hunter Douglas Window Fashions include:

  • Generous paid time off that accrues immediately; 11 paid holidays, new parent and family care time off and 12 hours of paid volunteer work.
  • Medical, dental, vision plan, life, STD, LTD, AD&D, dependent life, flexible spending accounts, pre-paid legal, and pet insurance.
  • 401(k) with 6% company match and annual retirement contribution, college investment savings program.
  • Employee development including education tuition assistance, and on-site development through Hunter Douglas University.
  • Robust wellness program; on-site managed fitness center free to employees.
  • Generous discount on window coverings.
  • Charitable contribution match, employee assistance program, adoption assistance, dependent scholarships, on-site physical therapists and more!